The Bible in America

History From its founding in 1816, the American Bible Society has grappled with the task of making the Word of God available to Christians and churches in America. From its earliest days, it has worked to provide scriptures to the men, and later women of the military, to local and international bible societies, and to translate the Holy Bible to other languages used by peoples in the United States so that they could not only possess scripture, but could understand its importance in their own lives.

Leaders Starting with a leader of the American Revolution, Elias Boudinot, John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and going right down to the most recent president Lamar Vest, The American Bible Society has always been led by “true believers” in the Bible cause.


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Paul Irwin

Current President of the American Bible Society, 2005-2008

Church Affiliation: Methodist

Paul Irwin Reading at the 2006 Bible Read-a-Thon at Bible House, on Broadway

The Reverend Dr Paul Irwin received his education at Roberts Wesleyan College, Boston University, Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Andover Newton Theological Seminary, the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Rio Grande College. He served as a minister in the United Methodist Church pastoring several congregations in New York and Massachusetts.

Paul Irwin taught for six years at the Boston University School of Theology. He served from 1975 - 2004 as president/CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. He also served as president of the World Society for the Protection of Animals, EarthVoice, the Center for Respect of Life and the Environment, the International Center for Earth Concerns and Humane Society International. During his time at HSUS, Dr Irwin wrote the book Losing Paradise, a work highlighting the threats to the environment caused by human activity, and the steps we need to take to be good stewards of the planet.

Prior to his selection as Presdent of ABS Dr. Irwin had served for many years as a member of the American Bible Society Board of Trustees, having chaired the Audit Committee, Committee on Trustees, and Development Committee.

In addition to his duties as CEO of the American Bible Society, Paul also hosted of American Bible Society Presents, a half hour television program broadcast in more than 300 markets, featuring interviews with Bible scholars, religious leaders and discussion of contemporary Christian issues.

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